For one day, every year, the setting sun is eclipsed by a sea of orange heading out for a night of dinner and dancing.
The annual Orange You Glad gala encourages guests to wear their best mandarin, tangerine and mango-colored garb to show support for the Cayman chapter of Meals On Wheels. In the past, the dinner has been held at Luca restaurant, but this Saturday it will be hosted by the Grand Cayman Marriott Resort.
For the price of $150 per ticket, carrot-clad attendees will sup upon wine and be presented with a three-course dinner, followed by live music and dancing. Of course, an energetic live auction is included as part of the proceedings, along with a raffle that will garner great prizes for some lucky guests.
The Orange You Glad dinner is one of Meals On Wheels’ biggest fundraising events, allowing the non-profit organization to provide crucial nutrition to seniors on the island.
Although it had humble beginnings, it has grown to become a lifeline for hundreds and many more are on the waiting list.
According to the Meals on Wheels website, “The feeding of seniors began as a simple act of Christian kindness by Martha McField, an elderly widow. Not simply satisfied with the usual Sunday visits to elderly friends and neighbors, she began cooking and delivering meals before going to church on Sunday mornings.
“[These early efforts] grew into Meals on Wheels in 1997 with the help of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and Ms. Beulah McField. At inception, we were feeding 14 seniors three days a week. In 2014, Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels fed 170 seniors in three districts with a partial presence in a fourth, with over 37,000 meals being prepared and delivered.”
The hope is that enough funds will be raised to not just cover present running costs, but to also accommodate those waiting to be added who are in urgent need of the organization’s services.
Although Meals On Wheels’ main objective is to provide meals to those who need them, it also fills another gap in these people’s lives. Sometimes the visit from the volunteer is the only regular contact that these seniors have with another human being.
In the end, they are not just feeding the body; they are feeding the soul.
For more information on Meals On Wheels or to purchase tickets for the Orange You Glad gala, see the website at www.mealsonwheels.ky.